Train driver slams beggar on loudspeaker

A Swedish train driver has been criticized for using the loudspeaker to warn passengers about a beggar on board a Stockholm commuter train, and encouraging them to save their money and rip up the beggar's papers.

Train driver slams beggar on loudspeaker

“Unfortunately, a beggar has come onto the train. Whatever you do, don’t give any money and tear up the paper that this person is giving you,” the driver announced on a Stockholm commuter line heading south-west to Tumba last week, commuter Stefan Godin told Sveriges Television (SVT).

Beggars on Stockholm’s commuter lines often walk up the aisles of the trains, leaving glossy photographs with text referring to young or sick family members and asking for money. They then walk back down the aisle to collect the papers and any donations.

However, the train driver’s impromptu speech has sparked anger among other commuters.

“From a human value perspective, this did not feel good. There were several of us whose jaw dropped after what we heard on the loudspeaker,” Stefan Godin said.

Mikael Lindskog, head of communications at Stockholmståg, said the train driver’s message was unacceptable.

“It’s completely unacceptable to do something like this, as we have no lawful right to kick people off a train just because they’re begging,” he told SVT.

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Passenger brings Denmark-Sweden train to emergency stop after realizing he was ‘going the wrong way’

A train over the Öresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden was brought to a sharp halt on Tuesday after one of the passengers discovered he was travelling in the wrong direction and pulled the emergency brake.

Passenger brings Denmark-Sweden train to emergency stop after realizing he was 'going the wrong way'
An Öresundtåg crossing Pepparholmen, the artificial island built to reduce the length of the Öresund bridge. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
According to Thomas Johansson, press spokesman for the Öresundståg train service, the train had just left Copenhagen Airport and started to travel towards Malmö when the man — realizing that he was going towards Sweden and not Central Copenhagen as he intended — pulled the brake. 
“The train was ten to 15 minutes late, and the person who pulled the brake was taken in by the police and sent back to Copenhagen,” Johansson said.  
He said he believed that the man who pulled on the brake had been fined by the Danish police. 
“If you're going the wrong way, you can't just pull the emergency break. It's illegal.” 
The train driver announced what had happened over the loudspeaker, to inform weary Öresund commuters that this time, instead of the delay being the fault of the train company, it was the fault of one of the passengers.